Whats a good average speed on an MTB?

Discussion in 'Mountain Bikes' started by Cyclist14, May 4, 2005.

  1. Cyclist14

    Cyclist14 New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2004
    Messages:
    555
    Likes Received:
    0
    I was wondering if 18-20 MPH on a Gravel Trail is good?
     
    Tags:


  2. Born2bahick

    Born2bahick New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2005
    Messages:
    49
    Likes Received:
    0
    Yeah, there's a lot of times on gravel roads I would love to see 18 on the computer!
     
  3. JRobert

    JRobert New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2005
    Messages:
    11
    Likes Received:
    0
    Yeah, I'd say that this was a great average speed, for me anyway!
     
  4. keydates

    keydates New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2004
    Messages:
    882
    Likes Received:
    0
    18-20 mph would be pretty good on asphalt for a mountain bike, never mind a gravel road.
     
  5. woodchuck

    woodchuck New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2004
    Messages:
    76
    Likes Received:
    0
    I just got back from a 17 mile ride (50% gravel and 50% paved) on my MTBike. I had an average of 14.9 mph. I was not pushing it but even if I was, I doubt I could have averaged 18 mph. Great job!!
     
  6. jaguar75

    jaguar75 New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2004
    Messages:
    426
    Likes Received:
    0
    I would say that 18-20 MPH average speed is awesome...I rode 32 miles on my MTB between 2 days (16 each) and on the first day I averaged 15.2 and the other was 14.9. I thought those were decent speeds...
     
  7. huhenio

    huhenio New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2005
    Messages:
    532
    Likes Received:
    1
    That is awesome, but it was 18 or 20.

    That ten percent is ticking me off.
     
  8. nlightn

    nlightn New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2005
    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    0
    It is good, but there are variables...was it flat, downhill, uphill, etc...On a flat gravel road with no obstructions that would be about average for an experienced cyclist...on a hilly or otherwise obstructed trail that's excellent and worthy of racing... you have to average speed over various terrain, flat,down,and steepness grade ...then compare your results to previous runs to get an accurate picture. All depends on what your goals for the ride are. Me personally, on the razors edge is where I like it:D
     
  9. Dunleyg

    Dunleyg New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2005
    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    0
    From Triathelete.com Katy trail posts

    So IMHO Keeping a 18-20mph on a Crushed limestone Katy trail would require extraordinate training.

    Gordon
     
  10. philze

    philze New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2005
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    That is a good clip on the flat
     
  11. madisongrrl

    madisongrrl New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2004
    Messages:
    24
    Likes Received:
    0
  12. Peka

    Peka New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2005
    Messages:
    244
    Likes Received:
    0
    I guess it depends on what exactly a 'Gravel Trail' is. I can push 40-45kmh (25-28mph) on a flat gravel trail, so avg 20mph wouldn't be out of the question if it is essentially just a gravel road. Throw in some real MTB terrain (steep hills with ruts, technical single track, tree roots and other obstructions etc) and it's pretty unlikely you'll avg 18-20mph.
     
  13. Trailbreaker

    Trailbreaker New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2005
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    18-20 MPH on a Gravel Trail is good, its hard to say if its mostly flat and down hill you should be doing that good and better. Some of the sand and dirt trails around here I only average 10 - 12 mph and feel good about it.
     
  14. Serbian_SPIRIT

    Serbian_SPIRIT New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2004
    Messages:
    27
    Likes Received:
    0
    Very good speed, but u forgot to say how much km or miles you spend on that trail.
     
  15. benkoostra

    benkoostra New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2006
    Messages:
    392
    Likes Received:
    0
    Even with slicks on pavement, that's mighty quick!
     
  16. Horse-n-Bike

    Horse-n-Bike New Member

    Joined:
    May 21, 2006
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    I'm a very green novice, so I usually average about 10.5! I would love to get to that point!!! Good job!
     
  17. Old Timer

    Old Timer New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2001
    Messages:
    83
    Likes Received:
    0
    At first read I thought, "No big deal"! Then I realised you are talking MPH and not KPH! LOL. Yeah, pretty awesome I reckon on a MTB if it's on the level and over a couple of hours.

    Old Timer
     
  18. cojosurfer

    cojosurfer New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2003
    Messages:
    23
    Likes Received:
    0
  19. peter nap

    peter nap New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2006
    Messages:
    18
    Likes Received:
    0
    I think it's almost superhuman. I'm older and not nearly as fast as I used to be but with knobbies and the lower gearing on my MB, 14mph is a very good average for me. On hilly trails and gravel, more like 9.
     
  20. peet9471

    peet9471 New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2004
    Messages:
    140
    Likes Received:
    0
    Just remember, speed is only half the equation. Control has to figure in there somewhere. It'll take you twice as long to stop if something pops up in front of you.
     
Loading...
Loading...